Hello Friends, I hope you had a wonderful time wrapping your last year end and stellar start to your new year! I have appreciated all the New Year wishes you have sent my way! You all are sweet. Let’s start off our new year at Ivory Spring with something colorful, shall we?
There was not much doubt in our minds (mine and my publisher’s) that this quilt would probably be the book cover quilt as soon as it was completed. The quilt very effectively captured my love for colors. I think I have mentioned to you I am not classically trained in art, and so, I actually do not use a color wheel to pick colors for my designs. I have a rather haphazard approach when it comes to incorporating colors in my quilt – I just throw them all in to see what I get. BUT, I do make sure I use a ground color or two to balance out all the colors. In my Crossings quilt, I used a really light gray that is almost white.
This quilt is made with fat quarters from Quilting Treasures’ basic lines – Lola Textures and Quilting Temptations. I actually really like designing with basic fabric lines. You can see the actual fabrics I use better in the picture below. You will also be able to see the really light gray polka dot fabric I used as the ground fabric. It is the soft gray mini dot fabric from Quilting Treasures’ Sorbet collection. Do check with your local fabric stores to see if they carry these very versatile fabrics. Nonetheless, I imagine you can easily come up with substitutes to make your own colorful Crossings quilt! I want to talk to you if you are going to use batiks!
I am not sure if you remembered my “Engineer vs. Artist” post from last year. Well, my Crossings quilt was the battleground where the battle between the Engineer and Artist took place within in. You can read more about it here. In the end, I am really glad the Artist won in quilting this quilt. The entire quilt is free-motion quilted with my Roundabout Feathers, only placed randomly all over the quilt. The stitching path and schematic of the basic Roundabout Feathers are included in the book.
Here are a few pictures of the quilt front.
I thought I would also point out to you the yellow thread I used to quilt the quilt instead of the tone-on-tone light gray or white. Nowadays, I have pretty much used slightly contrasting threads against the quilt fabrics for added visual interest in the final quilt. So, don’t be afraid to buy color threads when you out shopping. :) The thread color below looks almost taupe-ish, but it is yellow!
Speaking of slightly contrasting quilting, have you checked out my Subtle Strings collection that has all my favorite quilting colors? These shades work equally well for hand applique. I am working on a hand applique project in my spare spare time… I will share pictures once I get enough done, and guess what thread I am using for the hand applique? :)
Click here to read more about my book Creative New Quilts & Projects from Precuts or Stash. Do also send me pictures of your quilts made from patterns in the book. I always love to see your projects.
Before I sign off for today, I thought I would share another picture from my artist-in-residence. :)
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Monday, and Happy Week! Blessings to you all.